GOP fundraising video mocks grieving Sandy Hook mom who lost 6 y.o.

In a shocking example of Republican indifference to the problems Americans face, the Republican party is distributing a fundraising video today that mocks the background check defeat in Congress recently, using a photo of the grieving mother of a dead Sandy Hook Elementary 6 year old boy in order to brag about the legislation’s defeat.

The mom is Nicole Hockley, mother of 6-year-old Newtown shooting victim Dylan Hockley.

Specifically, the Republicans used a photo of President Obama consoling Mrs. Hockley at a White House event where the President criticized the Senate for killing the wildly-popular background check legislation, that has been polling in the low 90-percentile for a while.


It’s bad enough to use photos of grieving Sandy Hook moms to fundraise. ┬áBut to use a photo of the grieving mother of a dead six year old boy in order to mock the mother’s effort to do something productive in the wake of her loss, is pretty reprehensible.

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27 Responses to “GOP fundraising video mocks grieving Sandy Hook mom who lost 6 y.o.”

  1. denise johnson says:

    It feels not right to use the picture of a grieving mother for a fundraising. It seems insensitive. It seems
    very inappropriate.

  2. Lee_Lucas says:

    I don’t get it. Watched the video. Folks should be upset at their boy Obama – not those in the video. He is the failure

  3. Lee_Lucas says:

    Well, the gun control fanatics went there first. They knowingly grabbed these poor grieving parents to further their own political agenda without care one for the unfathomable devastation each parent was going through. Everyone knows that no background checks at all would have altered any of these terrible events. But all the same, Obama, who is utterly powerless to stop a crazy man from acting out his craziness, instead wrongly uses the event to push for something that would not have changed a damned thing. Its actually insulting. What is even more ludicrous is these same gun control fanatics now crying foul because their ploy did not work. Liberty prevailed.

  4. xodimifejuj says:

    my classmate’s step-mother makes $78/hr on the internet. She has been fired for ten months but last month her payment was $15184 just working on the internet for a few hours. Read more on  Zap22.c­om

  5. thall says:

    im just saying anytime you see somthing on tv about some person shooting up a place for no reason its never in texas, louisiana, alabama , etc.

  6. silas1898 says:

    If it isn’t on video; it didn’t happen.

  7. thall says:

    @heartlandliberal…notice nothing bad happens in the “back woods”

  8. cole3244 says:

    the only explanation, its in their dna.

  9. sane37 says:

    I live in the midwest and have heard this paranoid BS from people at my workplace. These people don’t even know how crazy they sound.

  10. lynchie says:

    for the 1% it is the only way.

  11. goulo says:

    I agree the ad is despicable, but this kind of macho tendency to violent revenge is part of the problem, not the solution… (And despite the quote, it does sound like bragging.)

  12. HeartlandLiberal says:

    I have met people who not only believe that, but tell me with total serious, deadpan faces that America will be saved only because the deer hunters in America are armed, and will rise up against the evil socialist dictators who want to take their guns away. Seriously. This person believes the American deer hunters are a standing army waiting secretly in the wings. I suspect “Red Dawn” must be one of his favorite movies.

  13. BeccaM says:

    Um, yeah, sadly they do, the crazier/stupider ones.

  14. Does anyone use the phrase “UN helicopters” seriously? (Don’t answer that.)

  15. pappyvet says:

    a politics and a culture that shuns dialogue and the democratic exchange of ideas in favor of the pursuit of outright elimination of the opposing side, either through suppression, exile, and ejection, or extermination.

    Ann Coulter;
    “My only regret with Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times Building.”
    “We need to execute people like John Walker in order to physically intimidate liberals, by making them realize that they can be killed too.”

    “Sock” Sokolowski, to Stephanie Miller:

    As with Cindy Sheehan the best thing that could happen to you would be seeing some WONDERFUL activist sticking an AK-47 up your Glory Holes and sending you into eternity.

    Commenter at ‘Shot in the Dark’:

    “The only “common ground” we’ll ever find with the blue state scum is the battleground, when we finally cut the shit and put all the enemies of this nation to the pike. It can not come too soon.”

    “J. Baker, Phoenix”:

    You people are utterly useless to humanity and wholly better off dead, burning in eternal damnation.

    Ya know, I think it’s too bad that we can’t follow Saddam’s model of dealing with opposition – just open up mass graves and start torturing, maiming, and murdering liberals and leftists by the millions – toss them into the ground, and fill the holes up with dirt. I would love to volunteer for such duty!’

    But, after all, it is the leaders of the
    country who determine the policy and
    it is always a simple matter to
    drag the people along, whether it is a
    democracy, or a fascist
    dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist
    dictatorship. Voice or no
    voice, the people can always be brought to the
    bidding of the leaders.
    That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they
    are being attacked,
    and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and
    exposing the
    country to danger. It works the same in any country.”
    Hermann Goering

  16. BeccaM says:

    Classless, to the end… Just when I think the GOPers can sink no lower, they prove me wrong again.

  17. BeccaM says:

    He left off the snark tags, but I wouldn’t have thought it necessary.

  18. Game of Life says:

    Wish for a brain

  19. Game of Life says:

    Low down repulsive ignorant nasty shameless…but I wouldn’t expect anything high coming from the despicable gop

  20. Jonas Grumby says:

    If this were my wife, I’d be in prison once I was done with the sub-human pig ******s that made this.

    And to steal a quote from The Guns of Will Sonnet … “no brag, just fact”.

  21. Remember, if you’re advocating for regulation of firearms because you’ve lost family or friends to brutal gun violence, you’re an emotional, irrational, bleeding-heart liberal trying to use emotional blackmail to take away people’s rights. Republicans are the sane and sensible ones, wishing to keep guns entirely unregulated for logical and well-considered reasons, like protecting against Obama’s stormtroopers, UN helicopters and all those gangs of roving brown people who regularly burst into white citizens’ homes to rape their women.

  22. cole3244 says:

    obama has ideas and although i don’t support his agenda wholeheartedly if he had a congress and opposition willing to work with him as a dem congress does with a gop pres things could and would get done, again just like when a republican is in the wh.
    the dems care about america, the gop care about their own and no one else, which is not the american way.

  23. Naja pallida says:

    Like I said before. They really think this is a winning issue for them. You’d think Karl Rove was doing their polling.

  24. Leota2 says:

    The GOP has gone beyond putrid. These bastards are what scum suckers were before they

  25. nicho says:

    Conservatives wear hate, ignorance, and all-around scumbaggery as a badge of honor.

  26. judybrowni says:

    Have. They. No. Shame?

  27. Tony Tyner says:

    I really hate these M’fers. They’re the ones stopping ALL legislation and then thumbing their nose at the President. Time for him to do the will of the people because no matter what he does the Repigs will fault him.

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